With an estimated 1.7 billion cups of coffee sold each year in the UK from over 18,000 outlets – and one in five of the population (including teenagers) visiting a coffee shop daily – campaign group Action on Sugar has warned of the dangerously high sugar content of certain hot beverages found in many high street coffee shop chains.
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More sugar than Coke
This new research shows that 98% of the 131 hot flavoured drinks analysed would receive a ‘red’ (high) label for excessive levels of sugars per serving as sold.
What’s more, 35% of the hot flavoured drinks contain the same amount or more sugars than Coca Cola, which contains a massive 9 teaspoons of sugar per can – equivalent to 7 chocolate biscuits.
5 worst offenders
Hot Mulled Fruit – Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Venti
99.0g sugar per serving (25 teaspoons)
Hot Mulled Fruit – Apple with Chai, Dried Apple and Cinnamon Venti
88.0 sugar per serving (22 teaspoons)
3. Costa Coffee
Chai Latte Massimo – Eat In
79.7 sugar per serving (20 teaspoons)
Hot Mulled Fruit – Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Grande
76.0 sugar per serving (19 teaspoons)
White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream Venti
73.8 sugar per serving (18 teaspoons)
Starbucks and Costa
The worst offender is the Starbucks Hot Mulled Fruit – Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Venti (extra-large) – a mix of chai and fruit concentrate, topped with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange – which contains 25 teaspoons of sugar. That’s the equivalent of the sugar in five muffins.
Costa Coffee’s Chai Latte (large) has a massive 20 teaspoons of sugar. Interestingly, a Starbuck’s Hot Mulled Fruit – Grape with Chai, Orange and Cinnamon Tall (medium) has almost half the amount of sugar than the larger sized cup (13 vs 25 tsp).